Hi, I'm new here live in New Zealand (ex pom). Had surgery for bowel cancer twice 32 years ago. I am now 76. He removed abdominal lymph nodes during second op. to look at them! All clear. Was never told about getting secondary lymphodema through this.
After few years I couldn't keep weight off, my legs got fatter etc. By the time I was through menopause my ankles/feet would be swollen every night. I sometimes went to acupuncturist for BP who gently suggested one day I might benefit from a lymph massage. At this stage I still had not heard of lymphodema. It was amazing, the therapist worked with breast cancer patients at the hospital to help their arm swelling. You can learn this on YouTube. I lost a kg in first session. Then she left and fortunately I heard about the Sun Ancon Chi machine, that has been brilliant and I still use it twice every day for 15 minutes. Keeps the lymph moving. I do know that if you have floppy upper arms you can sit with it at a table sideways and rest your upper arm in it with forearm upright and apparantly the movement will get rid of underarm flab. Whether this would work for arm lymphodema I don't know but may be worth looking into. Many machines out there please be careful some are too fast or wrong speed. The sun ancon is the original. You can see my testimonial on their site. My BP last reading was 240/110, not unusual and has been up to 270/120 I cannot take meds. Often feel poor lymph system plays a roll here. I exercise, eat organic and love my life. With our lovely climate and love of the beach/sea wearing any kind of support stockings was a no go for me.